The Edison senior was running for something far more important to him than the SBC title.
Shephard won the meet in a time of 16 minutes, 22.89 seconds, becoming the first male runner from Edison to ever win an SBC meet.
Perkins swept the competition, finishing with 23 points, earning their third consecutive SBC title.
St. Mary CC won the girls' race with a score of 67. Jenna Hinds took first t 19:14.41.
Norwalk boys, Bellevue girls win
The Norwalk boys held off Bellevue to prevent a Redmen sweep at the Northern Ohio League cross country meet Saturday, as the Lady Red dominated the girls field, beating second-place Shelby by 56 points.
The Norwalk boys finished with 52 points, followed by Bellevue.
Meanwhile, the Bellevue girls finished with 20 points, claiming five of the top seven spots in the race. Shelby was second with 76 points.
Ericka Hosang became the first Bellevue runner since Holly Sumser in 2003 to win the individual title, as her 19:35 time beating out Norwalk’s Sydnie Fetherolf (20:09).
On the boys side, Quentin Howell became Norwalk’s first- ever individual champion in the 45-year span of boys cross country competition with a time of 16:25, as he led the Truckers to first place.
NL boys, Plymouth girls win FC
With all seven runners in the top 18, New London’s boys’ team cruised to the Firelands Conference cross country title Saturday at Mary Fate Park.
Plymouth gained a win in the girls’ race with a score of 47. It was their first conference championship since 1988. Crestview snared second at 53.
Jonathan Albaugh led the Wildcats, finishing first overall at 16:53.62.
Plymouth had five runners in the top 17 in the girls’ race, led by Kendall Sanders third in 20:51.41.
Read more in Sunday’s Register and Monday’s Norwalk Reflector.